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Press Release
December 20, 2016

Edmond Public Works Authority Receives $2,500,000 Water System Funding from OWRB

The Edmond Public Works Authority (Authority) received approval for $2,500,000 in funding Tuesday from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to expand the Authority’s water infrastructure. Construction to the water system will be financed both by the Oklahoma Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and local funds.

The Authority will utilize the funds to install approximately 16,000 feet of 12-inch PVC water line and 1,700 feet of 8-inch PVC water line which will allow the Authority to provide water to Arcadia's residents. Currently, the residents of Arcadia are on individual wells. Arcadia has installed a water system to serve the residents locally, however, the initial water wells drilled have provided poor quality water that does not meet federal drinking water standards. The project will provide a safe and reliable source of water to the residents of Arcadia, and is consistent with the State of Oklahoma’s Water for 2060 goals by providing central water supply sharing and treatment through regionalization of separate water systems.

The Authority is contributing $525,000 in local proceeds to help meet the overall estimated total project cost of $3,024,953. Once the project is completed in compliance with DWSRF guidelines, $2,500,000 of the loan will be forgiven by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s (ODEQ) SRF Capitalization Grant.

Joe Freeman, chief of the OWRB’s Financial Assistance Division, stated that the Authority will secure the DWSRF loan with a lien on the Authority’s water, sewer, sanitation and electric system revenues as well as a two cent sales tax. Representatives at the OWRB’s monthly meeting in support of the loan application included Michael Way, Consulting Engineer for the Project for Edmond and Town of Arcadia Mayor, James Woodard.

The DWSRF program is administered by the OWRB and the ODEQ with partial funding from the U.S. EPA. The DWSRF program has provided approximately $1.1 billion in drinking water loans to provide communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources statewide.

Since 1983, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board has approved over $3.5 billion in loans and grants for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout Oklahoma.

Julie Cunningham, Interim Executive Director of the OWRB, and Scott Thompson, Executive Director of the ODEQ, express their sincere appreciation to state legislators from the Edmond area for their support of the DWSRF program.

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